First things first this week - a farewell nod to Peter Bergman, founding member of the legendary audio comedy troupe The Firesign Theatre, 1960s America's answer to Monty Python. Their antics, multi-track madness and bitingly absurd satire imprinted the minds of a generation and transformed the concept of 'radio theater.' The Washington Post featured a nice tribute, as did NPR. The drama goes on. We feature the 2nd chapter of The Cleansed, give a shout-out to We're Alive, who continue to … [Read more...] about Episode 270 – Meeting Six Suspects, Farewell Nod to Peter
Experiencing TEKnikal diffikulties? We hope you will after this podcast featuring the marvelous Cayenne Chris Conroy and his 6-year-running comedy podcast (with splashes of sci-fi adventure). TEKDIFF won the 2010 Gold Ogle for their production of the show we feature today, "Whoever Wishes," a blissfully surreal comedic romp through the misadventure of a father looking for his son. With cunning pokes at the nature of war and peace, the relentless grind of modern living and into the great … [Read more...] about Episode 234 – Whoever Wishes with Cayenne Chris Conroy
With the weeklong National Audio Theatre Festivals 2011 workshop just behind us, we catch up with Captain Radio who were our ears on the ground in West Plains as well as Phil Proctor of the Firesign Theatre. Phil talks about his career in audio starting with the legendary comic studio albums of Firesign in the countercultural 60s and 70s and transition into a career of voice acting for films, TV, animation and video games. Phil is also a judge for the Mark Time Awards, which this week … [Read more...] about Episode 232 – Phil Proctor & Capt Radio Chime in on NATF 2011, As We Head to MN
We conclude our feature of the legendary Firesign Theatre, the "4 or 5 Krazee Guys" (Phil Austin, Peter Bergman, David Ossman and Phil Proctor) whose embellished sterephonic comedy recordings altered the minds of a generation. After a 17 year hiatus they returned in 1998 to warp our minds again with this lampooning of the end of days, Give Me Immortality or Give Me Death. After 13 years this album is still shockingly relevant, with end of the world fever, crazy used car deals, problems with … [Read more...] about Episode 230 – Firesign Wants to Know… Immortality, or Death?
Audio comedy was never quite the same thanks to the antics of The Firesign Theatre, the legendary multi-trackin', sound embellishing, sterephonic surrealistic psychedelic merry band of Phil Austin, Peter Bergmen, David Ossman and Philip Proctor. In addition to their legendary studio albums (such as Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers!, which we hear today), the troupe had hundreds of hours of live radio experience, and had a particularly special era of a program called "Dear … [Read more...] about Episode 229 – Firesign Theatre’s Don’t Crush That Dwarf, and More Mad Motors